Best Places to Find a Job in the U.S.
Thinking about moving for work?
Moving for a job may seem intimidating at first. Not only are you relocating to an unfamiliar city and leaving friends and family behind, but you have to navigate all the changes and emotions that come with starting a new position.
But recent research shows that these types of moves can be positive. According to a study by the human resources firm Impact Group, many have seen improvements in both their personal and professional lives following a move! Making friends, discovering new experiences, having better career opportunities, and living in good communities are some of the biggest draws to moving for work.
What you look for in a city may differ from the next person, but some common factors help make a destination desirable, such as:
- Having many things to do (diverse entertainment and dining options, cultural enrichment)
- Good career opportunities (a low unemployment rate with a healthy job market)
- A positive sense of place (good schools, low crime rate)
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five of the best cities in the U.S. to find a job.
Five of the best places to find a job
Here are five great places to live and work in the U.S. based on the above methodology and looking at payscale.com for average salary information.
1. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The draws: This Midwestern city is an ideal spot for those seeking professional growth while enjoying an affordable way of life and access to big-city amenities. While Cedar Rapids has seen economic contributions primarily from industries like agriculture and manufacturing, employment opportunities have grown in the tech and financial services industries.
The takeaways: The average salary in the city is around $51,000. However, trends show that wages are on the rise there. Residents enjoy a low crime rate, a low cost of living, good schools, safe neighborhoods, outdoor recreational opportunities, and plenty of entertainment options.
2. Denver, Colorado
The draws: Mile High City residents have access to some of the best skiing and outdoor recreational opportunities in the world. Denver has a vibrant economy with the workforce earning a living in industries like aerospace technology, life sciences, health care, finance, and telecommunications. The city has pleasant weather, a highly-rated school system, great neighborhoods, and a bustling downtown area with plenty of dining and entertainment options.
The takeaways: The cost of living here is a bit higher than the national average. But the unemployment rate is low and salaries are competitive, averaging about $61,000.
3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The draws: Oklahoma City has a thriving arts and entertainment scene, a robust and stable economy and an environment that promotes entrepreneurship. The city has one of the country’s best environments for business, thanks in part to the low cost of doing business there, access to an educated workforce, and other workplace resources. If you’re just looking for work, you may find jobs in health care, aviation or aerospace technology, the energy or biotechnology sectors, or tourism.
The takeaways: You can earn an average salary of around $48,000 in OKC, while enjoying a lower cost of living than the national average. OKC is an attractive place to live because of its affordable home prices, low cost of living, and the variety of entertainment and cultural options available.
4. Salt Lake City, Utah
The draws: Five national parks, world-class ski resorts, a good quality of life, and plenty of job opportunities is what you’ll find in Salt Lake City. The city also has a variety of restaurants and entertainment options to enjoy, safe, diverse neighborhoods in which to live and highly-rated public and private schools. SLC has accredited higher learning institutions, as well.
The takeaways: The average salary in the city is roughly $55,000 — around the national average — but trends indicate that wages are set to increase. Payscale estimates the cost of living in Salt Lake City is nearly 6 percent less than the national average, which is another draw to the area.
5. Tallahassee, Florida
The draws: Tallahassee has one of the fastest-growing economies in Florida. The city’s job market is growing, and there’s a surge in both commercial and real estate development. Businesses like manufacturing, trade, retail, and construction contribute to the city’s economy, but there are job opportunities in other fields, as well. It also has a great public school system and is home to two major universities.
The takeaways: Transplants can live well in this thriving college town, which offers plenty of entertainment options for young professionals and families alike. Tallahassee’s average salary is around $41,000, with the cost of living about 4 percent less than the national average.
Start planning your move
We hope this list gives you a solid starting point as you begin planning your move. If you’re thinking about how to get your belongings to your next place, let U-Pack® help. With our vast network of service centers, we can handle moves to just about anywhere in the U.S. in less than a week — and we’ll do the driving! Get a free online quote or call us at 800-413-4799 to learn more.
If you have questions about moving to one of these cities, or want to add to our list, leave us a comment below!